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Music: Concert: Dumpstaphunk at The Mint

By Andy J. Gordon

Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans band that always delivers energetic live shows, played at The Mint in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. The five piece group was back in town for another dose of nasty, bass heavy funk that kept the packed house of fans dancing late into the night.

Clearly on their own schedule, Dumpstaphunk ( must have thought they were gigging in their hometown, since the show did not start until almost midnight. The dedicated fans did not seem to mind and once the music started, the dance floor was crowded with gyrating, sweaty funk lovers. Ivan Neville, the vocalist, keyboard wizard and founding member of the band used to live in Los Angeles. He loves to perform in LA as frequently as possible and clearly enjoyed playing in front of the enthusiastic crowd. Ian Neville, Ivan’s cousin, played rhythm guitar. The band’s unique double bass attack was led by Tony Hall and Nick Daniels who each also contributed on vocals. Nikki Glaspie is the newest member of the band and her rhythmic drumming kept a steady beat over the dumpsta sound.

Ivan Neville on vocals and keyboards with Dumpstaphunk at The Mint show.

They opened the show with a couple of heavy instrumentals that shook the walls of the club. A sweet cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “You Can Make It If You Try” followed. The title track from their 2010 album “Everybody Wants Sum” and “Do Ya,” from the same album kept the crowd bouncing. Nikki Glaspie did a nice job on vocals with “This is My Life.” “Deeper” had some excellent harmonies with everyone contributing on vocals except Ian Neville. “Put it in the Dumpsta,” always a crowd favorite featured Ivan who encouraged the audience to sing along on the chorus. After the band introductions, Ivan Neville talked about his time living in LA. He brought guitarist Val McCallum (Jack Shit, Lucinda Williams) to the stage saying they used to play together a long time ago. McCallum played a nasty solo on “Livin Ina Worl Gone Mad.” Another funky instrumental led into a cover of The Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime.” The band closed the set with Ivan Neville moving to rhythm guitar for “Meanwhile,” a track from the band’s 2007 EP Listen Here. Hall and Daniels held a bass duel while the rest of the band funked out for a frenzied crowd.

Tony Hall on bass and vocals with Dumpstaphunk at The Mint show.

Another Dumpstaphunk show concluded and they proved once again that no one puts on a nastier, funkier show than this band. With New Orleans funk roots and nods to old school classics like James Brown, Sly Stone, and Parliament Funkadelic, Dumpstaphunk keeps delivering fun live shows. Make sure to catch them the next time they blow the walls off a club in your town.

Ian Neville on guitar and Nikki Glaspie on drums during Dumpstaphunk’s show at The Mint.

Photos courtesy of ©2012 Jim Brock Photography


Photos courtesy of ©2012 Jim Brock Photography

About Andy J. Gordon (247 Articles)
Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.

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